Okay, it's time for more of House Beautiful's LAST WORDS!
Just a few tips for some fun summer entertaining...
"Instead of place cards, I might buy a stack of Lotto tickets and put one at every place with people's names on them in magic marker. I'll often tie the napkins with long, skinny licorice. Dinner is a single dish -- maybe a fabulous paella -- with the simplest green salad. For dessert, I bring out a platter of ice cream sandwiches, and everyone is so happy!" - PENNY DRUE BAIRD
"I recently did a Mediterranean buffet for a party. I toasted my own pita chips with olive oil, cumin, and fennel seeds. Then I brought my bowl over to a restaurant around the block and they filled it for me with their wonderful hummus. Add a bowl of pistachio nuts, another bowl of olives, and you're done." -MARK EPSTEIN
"Have everything prepared before guests start to arrive. Start with wonderful salted nuts and plenty of chilled Prosecco. Often I'll do a Salade Nicoise. For dessert there's nothing better than fresh summer berries with triple cream poured over them. You can put this menu together in about an hour." -THOMAS BURAK
"Think volume. In summer, I usually take my long fancy dining table, push it against the wall, and stack up all my vintage plates, bamboo silverware, and cotton napkins by the forty. I make tons of food and serve it up in black iron skillets. People feel like they can come back for seconds or bring their friends. I even love it when they bring their wet dogs." -STEVEN GAMBREL
"I like room-temperature food arranged on long skinny platters. Striped dish towels make great napkins -- and if they're pique or waffle-weave, you don't have to iron them. we also have two white enamel drink dispensers with spouts. I fill them with water, lemons, limes, and oranges and keep them outside with glasses next to them -- one by the pool and one in the courtyard."
"For killer ambience, head to the nursery and buy out the potted hydrangeas -- or whatever the flowering plant special of the week is. Set the plastic pots in cheap clay ones, and you're done. Put them everywhere - on the dining table, on your patio steps, on a landing and around the pool."-ELAINE GRIFFIN
Have a great weekend! :)